Veteran Martinez to leave in Bayern clear-out
Bayern Munich confirmed on Tuesday that veteran Spanish midfielder Javi Martinez, along with head coach Hansi Flick, will be the third member of their triple-winning squad to leave the club world champions at the end of the season.
Martinez came from Athletic Bilbao in 2012 to a club record of 40 million euros and won the Bundesliga in all eight seasons that he has played in Germany so far.
Bayern and Martinez are about to win a ninth championship title this Saturday.
The Spanish international was also part of the Bayern squad, which won three titles in the Bundesliga, the German Cup and the Champions League in 2013 and 2020.
Martinez-led goals helped Bayern win the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea in Prague in 2013 and against Sevilla in Budapest in 2020.
"I am very proud and happy to have been part of the FC Bayern family for nine years ... and I am very happy about the many titles we have won together," said Martinez in a statement.
He joins defenders Jerome Boateng and David Alaba, who also have no contract at the end of the season, while Flick has asked for release.
RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann has already been named as a replacement for Flick for 2021/22.
The 28-year-old Alaba is said to be joining Real Madrid after not agreeing to a contract extension with Bayern, while Martinez and Boateng, both 32, have not been offered any new contracts.
Like Martinez, Alaba and Boateng were key members of the Bayern squad that won the treble twice.
"At the end of this season, Martinez, Alaba, Boateng and Flick from FC Bayern will appropriately say goodbye for their great performance for the club," said a statement from Bayern.
Martinez has played 266 games for Bayern, but this season he has only started four Bundesliga games and one Champions League game, with Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich preferred in midfield.
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